verb (used with object), pegged, peg·ging.
verb (used without object), pegged, peg·ging.
Origin of peg
Examples from the Web for peg
To “link up the beachheads and peg out claims well inland” was necessarily the first aim of Overlord.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so the shaming of them, the public taking them down a peg or two, become moments to savor.
His team routed the British and hence, at the Patiala Peg, drinks are served in 75 ml glasses, compared to the standard 60 ml.An Indian Icon Reborn: The Imperial Hotel Reclaims Its Glory Days|Esha Chhabra|May 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chris Christie casts a big political shadow—but one Democrat has stepped up to try to take him down a peg.In New Jersey, Barbara Buono Is the Last Democrat Standing|David Freedlander|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Jacoby isn't quite so convincing to me on what such a view can offer at moments of great tragedy (her peg of course was Newtown).
On a peg just inside the door of the ranchman's old wine shed hung one of the horses' unused nosebags.A-Birding on a Bronco|Florence A. Merriam
And I took a cake over to Peg, Grace was forced to interrupt to make known.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong|Lillian Garis
He got the water-bottle hanging on the peg by the fireplace, and brought that to Pell also.The Bad Man|Charles Hanson Towne
Then Peg moved up and sniffed critically at the trapped foot.The Yellow Horde|Hal G. Evarts
"I think I am more likely to get it out of you," said Peg, coolly.Jack's Ward|Horatio Alger, Jr.
verb pegs, pegging or pegged
Word Origin for peg
mid-15c., from Middle Dutch pegge "peg," a common Low German word (cf. Low German pigge "peg," German Pegel "gauge rod, watermark," Middle Dutch pegel "little knob used as a mark," Dutch peil "gauge, watermark, standard"), of uncertain origin; perhaps from PIE *bak- "staff used as support" (see bacillus). To be a square peg in a round hole "be inappropriate for one's situation" is attested from 1836; to take someone down a peg is from 1580s, but the original literal sense is uncertain (most of the likely candidates are not attested until centuries later). Peg leg "wooden leg" attested from 1765.
"fasten with or as if on a peg," 1590s, from peg (n.). Slang sense of "identify, classify" first recorded 1920. Related: Pegged; pegging.
In addition to the idiom beginning with peg
- peg away at
- square peg in a round hole
- take down a notch (peg)